Una Lee, MD, FPMRS, presented “Recurrent UTI in Women: AUA/SUFU Guidelines” during the 40th Annual Ralph E. Hopkins Urology Seminar on February 5th, 2020 in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

How to cite: Lee, Una. Recurrent UTI in Women: AUA/SUFU Guidelines” February 5th, 2020. Accessed Oct 2020. https://grandroundsinurology.com/recurrent-uti-in-women-aua-sufu-guidelines/


Una Lee, MD, FPMRS, urologist and researcher at Virginia Mason Medical Center, reviews the 2019 AUA/SUFU guidelines on uncomplicated recurrent urinary tract infection (rUTI) in women, summarizes the evidence underlying these guidelines, and discusses their relevance to clinical scenarios. She first details complications clinicians may experience, such as antibiotic-resistant infections and stressed patients. Dr. Lee then discusses the guideline recommendations: clinicians should use first-line therapy; should obtain urinalysis, urine culture, and sensitivity; may offer patient-initiated treatment; should use as short a duration of antibiotics as possible; may offer cranberry prophylaxis for women with rUTI; should obtain a full patient history; and should not treat asymptomatic bacteriuria. She then argues that although molecular diagnostics are available, the sensitive microorganism detection they provide is associated with overtreatment, overdiagnosis, and confusion due to our current lack of data on which microorganisms are necessary or harmful for a healthy urinary microbiome. Dr. Lee concludes by discussing cranberries and the treatment capabilities of the proanthocyanidins (PACs) they contain, noting that antibiotics are still considered to be more effective, however.

About The 40th Annual Ralph E. Hopkins Urology Seminar:

The Ralph E. Hopkins Urology Seminar is a multi-day meeting focused on training urologists in the latest in assessing, diagnosing, and treating urologic conditions in the clinical setting. Updates are provided on urologic cancers, stone disease, urologic reconstruction, female urology, infertility, emerging surgical techniques, and general urology. Dr. Lee presented this lecture during the 40th iteration of the meeting on February 5th, 2020 in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

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